It's really important to me to create an environment where people feel respected.
Growing up in the city of Sulphur in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, our Dish’n Dames feature, Janie Ramirez, first explored her culinary passion by baking for her family. Impressed by her talent, Janie’s friends and family frequently encouraged Janie to look into pastry school to begin her culinary journey. But, Janie decided she wanted a real-world taste of the industry first.
She worked in various restaurants while attaining her Bachelor’s degree in Art History at Louisiana State University. Among her study materials, Janie incorporated cook books to further feed her appetite for the culinary scene. After graduating — and inspired by Alice Waters’ The Art of Simple Food — she moved to Austin, Texas to attend Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.
Janie gained experience and an understanding of what it takes to be successful in the industry by working at several establishments across Austin. And, it was that preparation combined with her skills that helped her go from a prep position at Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club to sous chef within her first two months in the kitchen.
She now has successfully become the executive chef for Dai Due, sharing her passion for rustic cuisine made with fresh ingredients from local farmers. Janie welcomes new talent to her kitchen, hoping to provide experiences that will inspire and engage future members of the industry — just as her experiences inspired her.